Draft Time

In my eyes the biggest needs for the Bengals would be: Linebacker, Offensive Line, and tight end. With the upcoming NFL draft in April, I have gone back since the draft in 2000 to see what positions and players have been selected with the 11th overall pick in the draft.  You may ask why? Well the Cincinnati Bengals currently hold the 11th overall pick this year. There has been 1 safety, 1 defensive tackle, 1 running back, 2 quarterbacks, 3 Offensive tackles, 3 Defensive ends, 3 Linebacker, and 5 corners. With the history of the draft I hope Devin White is still available to be picked by the Bengals at 11.  I think Devin White is the best player in the draft, and if he can have a similar career as the three linebackers that have been selected with the 11th pick since 2000: Patrick Willis in 2007, Demarcus Ware in 2005, and Dan Morgan in 2001. I know some view the troubles of the offensive line is the biggest need but I do not think there is a lineman worth the 11th overall pick.  I think it would be better to wait in the other rounds to pick up a lineman and to sign someone in free agency, like Trent Brown or Roger Safford. If the Bengals can pry Trent Brown from the Patriots then he is the new left tackle and I would bounce Cordy Glenn to the right side. If they can not sign Brown then I would line the Brinks trucks up to Safford to have him play right guard or left guard and bounce Clint Boling to left tackle.  I would also try and re-resign Preston Brown, Darqueze Dennard, Tyler Eifert (incentive based deal), C.J. Uzomah, Trey Hopkins, and Jake Fisher to see how he does in camp. I would also try and restructure or cut Vontaze Burfict, I would also see if Dre Kirkpatrick would restructure his deal. I would also try and make it a high priority to re-sign Tyler Boyd so we don’t have the same thing as a few years ago when the Bengals watched Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones walk out the door in free agency.

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